The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Banshee co-creator and Warrior creator Jonathan Tropper discusses Bruce Lee and some of his favorite action movies with podcast hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante!
Movies Referenced In This Episode
The Devils (1971)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Adam Project (TBD)
A History of Violence (2005)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Blue Thunder (1983)
Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
Missing In Action (1984)
Missing In Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Enter The Ninja (1981)
Revenge Of The Ninja (1983)
Ninja 3: The Domination (1984)
American Ninja (1985)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
I Come In Peace a.k.a. Dark Angel (1990)
Showdown In Little Tokyo (1991)
Men of War (1994)
Enter The Dragon (1973)
Way of the Dragon a.k.a. Return of the Dragon (1972)
The Big Boss (1971)
First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Above The Law (1988)
The Raid (2011)
The Raid 2 (2014)
Die Hard (1988)
The Dead Pool (1988)
Other Notable Items
Warrior TV series (2019- )
Banshee TV series (2013-2016)
The Chapo Traphouse podcast episode
James L. Brooks
The Martin Short podcast episode
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
The Scott Adkins podcast episode
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Admiral James Stockdale
Black Belt Magazine
The Asian World of Martial Arts in Philadelphia
The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu comic series (1974-1977)
The John Sayles podcast episode
Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits Criterion box set
Kung Fu TV series (1972-1975)
Highlander TV series (1992-1998)
Jean-Claude Van Damme
The Fast & Furious franchise
21 Jump Street TV series (1987-1991)
The Daniel Waters podcast episode
Dirty Harry franchise
See (2019- )
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
About the Podcast
Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.
The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.
About The Hosts
Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.
He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.
The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.
Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.
Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.
Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.